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In his keynote presentation, Tony Vincent demonstrates how inventive thinking and technology can foster innovation inside and outside of classrooms. Tony shares many examples of how technology can empower teachers and students to do things in new and better ways, including flop-flopping homework and lectures, presenting projects, and creating study aids.

The Status Quo is the current state of affairs. It’s how things are done. Often we hear that “we’ve always done it this way.” Other times we’re waiting for a better way to come along. To question the status quo, we ask “what if” and “why not.”

Dr. Hal Gregersen and his colleagues have surveyed 3,500 executives and creative individuals and closely tracked the habits of 25 exceptional entrepreneurs, all with the aim of figuring out the qualities that set the great innovators of the world apart from everyone else. Read about their findings.

Compliance is doing as you’re told. It’s all about following instructions, not questioning the rules or developing alternatives. To transform learning, we must change the status quo!

Below are the examples Tony shared about leaving the status quo behind and doing things in different and better ways.

Examples from Industry & the Digital World

  1. Tagless t-shirts
  2. Roomba robot vacuum cleaner
  3. Litter Robot catbox
  4. Grid-it organizer
  5. Post-it notes on your wrist
  6. Star Trek examples: Transporters & Touchscreens
  7. Star Trek Fanfilms
  8. 101 Questions
  9. My Scrip Calculator app
  10. Dropbox and for online storage instead of a flash drive
  11. Copy is a "copy" of Dropbox where you start with 15GB of storage
  12. Want to print QR code stickers? Here's the printer Tony uses.
  13. Ways to Mirror Your iPad to a Projector Screen

Examples from Education

  1. Google's Hiring Process
  2. Google's Lazlo Bock's interview about getting a job at Google
  3. Instead of cover, think uncover or discover
  4. “The greatest obstacle to learning is coverage.” -Howard Gardner
  5. Set Google Advanced Search as a computer’s home page
  6. Filter your Google search by using the minus symbol
  7. Search Diigo for classroom resources booked marked by other teachers
  8. Search Slideshare
  9. Search Pinterest 
  10. Search Twitter
  11. Students take their notes directly into a flashcard site or app like Quizlet.
  12. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) 
  13. Flip the classroom by doing lecture at home and work at school
  14. Students make their own math instructional videos at
  15. Educreations iPad app for easily recording instructional videos
  16. Students can now have an audience outside of the classroom for what they create and do.
  17. "Simplicity if the ultimate sophistication." - Leonardo da Vinci
  18. Use a font larger than 96 in your slides.
  19. Give presentations a twist by using the Ignite format: 20 slides times to advance every 15 seconds.

Examples from Tony Vincent’s Classroom

  1. Publish reviews on Amazon.
  2. Be creative with your class website name (Planet 5th vs. Mr. Vincent's 5th Grade).
  3. Assign a roving reporter to photography and write about class each day.
  4. Create Choose Your Own Adventure/branching stories using Inklewriter. Read Ebony's Crazy Hairdo.
  5. Number students in reverse alphabetical order. Read research about people having a last name at the end of the alphabet.
  6. Give spelling tests on Tuesdays to give the weekend to study.
  7. Do science experiments at the start of a unit.

Genius Hour video and website

Five skills seen in innovative CEOs include:

  1. questioning
  2. observing
  3. experimenting
  4. networking
  5. associating

QuestionChallenge, and Change the Status Quo!